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Career Options

What Can I Do with a Degree in Anthropology?

Students who major in anthropology acquire an understanding of biological principles, historical patterns, and comparative features that help us to make sense of the present state of humanity.  The degree path focuses on cultural diversity (past and present), human experience, and the inner workings of human social institutions. Because of this, a degree in anthropology prepares students for a wide range of professional and postgraduate opportunities.  That's because a degree in anthropology is a degree in people

Anthropology provides analytical skills and organizational perspectives that equip students for survival and success in the job market. 

Marketable skills include:

  • Project & people management
  • Detail-oriented observation & analysis
  • Social agility in unfamiliar settings
  • Finding patterns & predicting human behavior
  • Working collaboratively to problem-solve
  • Reconciling multiple perspectives
  • Calculating possible effects of actions
  • Cataloging & interpreting material culture
  • Effective written & verbal communication
  • Providing information about size, shape, anatomy, & growth of the human body
  • Understanding & appreciating human diversity
  • Critical thinking & informed global citizenship

Majoring in anthropology is a smart choice for your future career in:

  • Government and International Relations
  • Education
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Community Engagement & Non-Profits
  • International Development
  • Market Research & Product Design
  • Journalism & Creative Writing
  • Business Administration & Management
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Environmental Monitoring & Impact Assessment
  • Medicine, Nursing, & Public Health
  • Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Legal & Criminal Justice
  • Museums & Zoos

And more …  

Anthropology careers are as varied as individuals’ chosen area of expertise, some of which may require cross-disciplinary training. Students contemplating careers in community college teaching and in senior positions in Cultural Resource Management should note that applicants for these positions are normally required to have at least a Master's Degree. For university teaching, a PhD is required.

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